Trade Scenario No. 1 – Dallas Mavericks
Orlando Magic Receive: C Dwight Powell, G Jalen Brunson, F Maxi Kleber, DAL 2022 1st Round Pick, DAL 2026 1st Round Pick, DAL 2022 2nd Round Pick
Dallas Mavericks Receive: C Nikola Vucevic
Luka Doncic is an MVP-caliber player and Kristaps Porzingis is an All-Star talent in the frontcourt, but besides them, there are a lot of questions about this year’s Mavericks team. Could they be a team that makes a run in the postseason? Absolutely, but they could also be a team that loses in the first-round.
The Mavericks are so heavily dependent on the play of both Luka and Porzingis, when both of them are healthy, that they can be easy to guard at times. Both All-Stars are going to score, regardless of how you defend them, but by taking away other options on the team, the Mavs can easily be exposed offensively.
The Dallas Mavericks need that third, reliable, All-Star level talent to be true title contenders in a loaded Western Conference, which is why trading for Nikola Vucevic makes a lot of sense. Pairing him with Kristaps in the frontcourt not only gives the Mavericks one of the best frontcourts in the entire NBA, but one of the best trios in the league as well.
On any given night, all three of these guys could score 20-30+ points and given both of the All-Star big men’s abilities to rebound, the Mavericks would be one of the best rebounding teams in the league. Right now, Dallas ranks 17th in total rebounding, which is also why Vucevic is a must-add player for the Mavs.
Orlando has not had a lot of success over the years and while a rebuild is imminent, acquiring three role players and a slew of draft picks can be very useful. Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber can all make a difference on the court in different aspects and be key contributors for the Magic moving forward.
This team has struggled with depth over the years, but getting three guys who can all contribute at different positions on the court eases these struggles quite a bit. Plus, getting two first-round picks and a second-round pick allow the Magic to continue drafting high-level, young talent to build with for the future.
This trade benefits the Magic just as much as it does the Mavericks, but for Orlando, this helps them in the long-run, while this trade helps Dallas now.
The Mavericks need that third star player on its roster in order to be legit in the Western Conference and Nikola Vucevic can be that guy. He is likely going to be an All-Star for the second-time in his career this season, giving Dallas three potential All-Star level talents and a legit chance to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers come playoff time.